Rawhide (1959–1965)
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Incident at Barker Springs 

Trying to push a herd through late in the season is just one of the hurdles facing Gil. A hand who insists on covering his face and a visitor who says his horse came up lame are two others. When he uncovers the truth it may be too late.


Les Crutchfield

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Episode complete credited cast:
Eric Fleming ... Gil Favor
Clint Eastwood ... Rowdy Yates
June Lockhart ... Rainy Dawson
Sheb Wooley ... Pete Nolan
Paul Brinegar ... Wishbone
James Murdock ... Mushy
Steve Raines ... Jim Quince
Rocky Shahan ... Joe Scarlet
Richard Gilden Richard Gilden ... Lance Ford
DeForest Kelley ... Slate Prell (as DeForrest Kelley)
Bill Hale Bill Hale ... Marshal Tobin
Paul Richards ... Brazo Ford


Favor is driving a late herd and is short on hands so he hired young Lance Ford who wears a mask to hide his face. The men believe he is wanted gunman. A man named Brazo saying he had to shoot his horse walks in asking for a job and is hired. That evening Pete pushed by Wishbone tries to unmask Lance but is stopped by Brazo. The men believing Lance and Brazo are gunmen after each other are surprised that Brazo is the older brother of Lance. Brazo is a gunman for hire in range wars. Lance reveals the mask hides a burn scar on his cheek. He leaves to take gun job in Barker Springs for rancher Slate Prell. Brazo, Favor, and Rowdy ride into Barker Springs where they hear how Slate has killed people including the husband of Rainy Dawson who runs the restaurant. Slate confronts Brazo but everyone leaves peacefully. Back at camp Lance rides into camp shot in the back for refusing to kill Brazo. Brazo returns to Barker Springs for revenge with Favor and Rowdy following. Brazo kills each of ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Western


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Release Date:

20 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Nogales, Arizona, USA

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Production Co:

CBS Television Network See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At various times, one can hear the opening strains of the classic theme from Lassie (1954), especially scenes in which June Lockhart appears. At the time this 'incident' aired, June had been playing the role of Ruth Martin on Lassie (1954) for several months - since the beginning of Season 5. See more »


Gil Favor: I got a cousin, woman, teaches in a school house back East. She tells me those boys daydream about becomin' cowboys. Of all the jobs a man could pick, why'd he ever want to choose this way to make a livin'? Three thousand head of God's lowest form of life, cattle. If they don't die of rick fever, strangle in a dust storm or trample their fool selves to death, then the market'll go gown to two cents a pound on the hoof. They might as well have died before we set out. But they need food back East...
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On a mission to avenge
1 January 2018 | by westpoint64See all my reviews

Richard Gilden (Lance), Paul Richards (Brazo), Deforrest Kelly (Slade Prell) and June Lockhart (Rainy) carry most of the episode here. There are a couple of good lines that Fleming's Favor gets in, one being about who Brazo is (what life has made him...with a little help from himself) and his reply to Brazo when Brazo tells his brother "You talk too much" (Favor: "You don't talk enough"). Except for an opening exchange where Rowdy and Lance face off, there's really not much Eastwood dialogue, which is just as well because Clint looks a little self-conscious in this. That's OK because Kelly is deliciously smarmy as Prell and Lockhart is believable as Dawson. Dawson tells the good guys that she has a 3 year old son sleeping " in the back" of her cafe and I think, "Wow! With all the gunplay going on, that kid must be one heavy sleeper!" Paul Richards got cast a lot back then as drifting, laconic cowpokes back then, often with an inner tug of war between good and not so good. His Brazo is polite and gentle with Rainy, but determined to even things up with Prell, no matter what. The story is almost a little rushed, but the gunfight at the end is well played and the brooding Hermann music cues really fit. All in all, a memorable early Rawhide.

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